News & Analysis: NGOs

Why Humanitarian Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccines are Stuck

“Plans to allocate up to 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to humanitarian troublespots by the end of this year could be derailed because neither the drug companies nor the UN agencies and NGOs want to shoulder the risk of potential lawsuits.”

via The New Humanitarian

Crises have changed. Can the aid industry?

“The humanitarian system has developed to respond to geographically contained and separate crises that are usually a long-haul flight from the centres of power and wealth that sustain it.”

via The New Humanitarian

Virus fears as Mozambique conflict fuels overcrowding, hunger

“Most of those escaping the ongoing conflict are finding shelter with family or strangers in areas further south, putting a burden on the host families and leading to overcrowding that raises the risk of spreading COVID-19, say aid groups.”

via Reuters

Are warnings of a COVID-19 famine in Africa overblown?

“Alarm bells have been ringing for months that COVID-19 could push fragile African countries ‘closer to the abyss’ of famine as jobs are lost, local markets close, and poverty deepens.”

via The New Humanitarian

Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia resist camp closure amid COVID-19 fears

“A plan by the Ethiopian government to relocate around 27,000 Eritrean refugees to two already overcrowded camps is yet to be shelved, despite concerns by aid organisations over both the risk of spreading COVID-19 and the confusion the stated policy has caused.”

via Eritrea Hub

Interview with Dr. Natasha Kaoma: Maintaining Community Work and Reproductive Health Efforts during the Pandemic

Dr. Natasha Kaoma, CEO of Copper Rose Zambia, an NGO working on issues of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted her organization’s work.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

The Impact of COVID-19 on African Civil Society Organizations

A new survey of over 1,000 African civil society organizations across 44 countries shows the profound impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the sector.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 changed the world. Can it change aid, too?

“Does this moment demand a new conception of ‘aid’ altogether? And can the industry finally acknowledge that while the premise upon which it was founded remains noble and necessary, the structure itself risks being rendered obsolete?”

via The New Humanitarian

The Impact of COVID-19 on African Civil Society Organizations

“The report presents a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs, as well as the many ways that they are responding to the crisis while safeguarding their organizations. It also highlights opportunities that emerged from the crisis and crucial challenges which need to be addressed in support of the recovery and sustainability of African CSOs.”

via Epic Africa & AfricanNGOs

Interview with Betty Wilkinson: Financial Stress and Pathways for COVID-19 Resilience in Zambia

Betty Wilkinson, CEO, Financial Sector Deepening Zambia, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about the economic impacts of the pandemic in Zambia and the way her group and others are responding.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch